Parsons The New School for Design and the nonprofit 826NYC, which is based out of the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company, have joined forces to present Superheroes & Super-Villains, a collaborative project in which local youth and Parsons Illustration students create comic book characters.
On Monday, May 10, the artwork and stories behind these new comic heroes and villains will debut at the Art Directors Club as part of the Parsons BFA Illustration Thesis Exhibition. A public opening reception will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. that evening. The work will be on view through May 14.
Over the course of the spring, 35 grade-school students in 826NYC’s creative writing workshop crafted their very own superhero or super-villain. Those stories were presented to the Parsons Illustration students who created art representing the characters and scenes from the stories.
The stories and illustrations bring to life the superhero’s powers and the super-villain’s motives, and describe how each character came to be a hero or a villain. For example, after a chance encounter stealing other kids’ cookies at a daycare center, Spinner and Ghostly embark on a worldwide crime spree, while criminal mastermind Croleum creates death traps and disguises out of his three secret command centers. Fighting for the good side, Ever Boy uses his morphing powers to inhabit the bodies of ordinary humans and evil villains to save the Earth from a massive explosion.
For more information, visit www.newschool.edu/parsons/thesis.